Years of planning, rounds of design, site explorations and valuable community conversations and public agency support have all shaped our vision for the Blue Heron site and The Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City. Plans and images of this along-awaited, legacy project were revealed this week at a media event on this intriguing 22-acre post-industrial riverfront site.
Thank you to everyone who joined members of the Design Collective – Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed and DIALOG – for the first public viewing of the concept on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Willamette Falls Riverwalk Design Celebration. It was our pleasure to discuss the design of this complex site, assemble a time capsule and raise a glass to toast the success of the project!
The team is beginning work on detailed design and construction drawings for the first phase of the riverwalk, with ground breaking scheduled for next summer. Check out willamettefallslegacy.org for the latest project news and progress.
2017 marks two anniversaries in the evolution of our interdisciplinary design studio. Forty years ago, Michael Reed, established Mayer/Reed focusing on the intersection of product design and visual communications. Ten years later, Carol Mayer-Reed joined the practice to form a larger multi-disciplinary partnership that includes landscape architecture and urban design. With the more recent addition of Kathy Fry and Jeramie Shane as principals, the practice continues to expand and evolve and is now a studio of 26 diversely talented professionals.
Throughout our 30/40 landmark year, we are exploring the nature of community and place through reflections, observations, and images of Mayer/Reed’s work culminating in a “Beyond Opening Day” photo exhibit. The November exhibit will explore the story of place and identity as seen through the lens of users. As designers, we are interested in learning how our projects have taken on a life of their own.
What are your experiences in the places that Mayer/Reed has designed? Have you captured special moments or a remarkable shaft of light?
When does a project become a place? Once design and construction are complete, we as designers step back and watch as each space takes on a life of its own. How do you experience these places?
This is the story we will explore in a photographic exhibition revealing users’ perspectives of Mayer/Reed-designed places. Submit photographs now through July 31 via email or Instagram. Please see complete details about the call for entries here.
In its 97th year, the Tech Show at Benson Polytechnic High School showcased student work in the Portland magnet school’s majors of arts, communications, health occupations, industry and engineering. As I perused the exhibits and presentations at the late February event, I was awed by the sophistication and breadth of hands-on learning opportunities. This is the high school experience I wish I’d had! Students showed me metalsmithing, skate board engineering, a scale model of the whole school, robots, lasers, light bulb puzzles, full sized kit cars, hand crafted wood furniture, radio programming, chicken breast suturing and wound packing, photography and graphic design.As part of the architectural team which is currently master planning the school’s modernization, I attended the show to better understand Benson’s programs. I left that evening with an incredible optimism for the next generation of innovators. I feel privileged to be designing the exterior collaborative learning environments that will support the technical and artistic endeavors of Benson’s future students.